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Jun 24, 2014

French Dogs Don't Get Fat: Dining Advice from my Four Legged Friend

If you've heard of the book French Women Don't Get Fat, you may be familiar with the idea that how you enjoy you food can be just as important as what you are enjoying,  

Today, my dog Stella made this theory top of mind.

My dog is weird and her eating habits are no different. When we first got her she would inhale her kibble as if it were her last meal. 

Our puppy training class recommended the Busy Buddy Kibble Nibble Meal Dispensing Dog Toy (I highly encourage every dog owner to try it). You fill it with dog food and the pup pushes it around to get the food out. It's great because it gives her something to do while we eat (so she's not begging) and it's intellectually stimulating. However, watching her eat out of a normal bowl this morning, I realized that it trained her to do something else that many of us strive for, to slow down while we eat and really enjoying out meal (check out the video below. I love how she is laying on the floor and eats piece by piece).


I had heard of the new HAPIfork Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Fork, an electronic fork that lights up and vibrates when you are eating too fast, but didn't think it would actually work. The company claims that as it takes 15-20 minutes to feel satisfied and by slowing down your pace while eating, you will consume fewer calories (sounds like similar advice I got from my parents at age 5). The fork works with your smartphone or tablet over Bluetooth to see your eating stats in real time. Crazy!

For more thoughts on the benefits of slowing down while you eat, check out this post on zenhabits

Final thoughts:
  • The Kibble Nibble Meal Dispenser was like cotillion for my dog (for less than $20!)
  • Training is not a one way street - our pets can teach us things about life and about ourselves
  • If a toy can change a dog's behavior, maybe an electric fork can actually work (but for $99.99 I'll have to stick to will power for now)

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